1. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. To enter Click Here. To see all the prizes and full details Click Here. To view the thread about the giveaway Click Here.

pic request: Tele with no pickguards.

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by dijos, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. Greenmachine

    Greenmachine Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    855
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2011
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Woah Tele-Mann! What brand is that? Can you tell us about the pickups too?
     
    Tele-mann likes this.
  2. ted j. kale

    ted j. kale Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    116
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2009
    Location:
    australia
    What ya gonna do when the body's all scratched?

    I gave it some thought but rather replace the pickguard! Pickguards.jpg
     
  3. Tele-mann

    Tele-mann TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    82
    Joined:
    May 21, 2013
    Location:
    Norway
    Hi Greenmachine,
    This is my second homemade "Telebacker", inspired by Tele and Rickenbacker.
    It's made from local Norwegian birch and Honduran mahogany. I had planned it as a version of the Rickenbacker 660/12 which has the classic low gain "toaster" pickups. But these are rather hard to come by, mostly overpriced used ones on ebay, so I went for a set of Lollar "Broilers" which are Lollar's version of the toaster. Not 100% same sound, but pretty close.

    The first guitar I built was also a Telebacker without a pickguard. For that one I bought an original toaster, and it sounds great. Nothing like the real thing! [emoji4][​IMG]
     
  4. Greenmachine

    Greenmachine Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    855
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2011
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Cool! I think recessed pickups look so neat.
     
    Tele-mann likes this.
  5. Mxrk

    Mxrk Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    101
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2016
    Location:
    Tampa
    I love the art on this.
     
  6. Tele-mann

    Tele-mann TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    82
    Joined:
    May 21, 2013
    Location:
    Norway
    Thanks :) You have to be very precise with the router when making the cavity, because there is no pickguard or pickup ring to hide any mistakes or tearout!

    I had to make a cavity because "toasters" (and "broilers" which size wise are exact copies) are traditionally screwed directly onto the top of Rickenbackers, with the strings passing over them from a neck/fretboard that sticks further up above the top of the guitar than it does on a Telecaster. As you can see in this picture. ric360v64b.jpg
     
  7. Greenmachine

    Greenmachine Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    855
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2011
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Yep. I've got some cheap toasters on the way and today I began building my first tele neck. I'll be copying you for sure.
     
    Tele-mann likes this.
  8. Tele-mann

    Tele-mann TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    82
    Joined:
    May 21, 2013
    Location:
    Norway
    How did your "Telebacker" turn out?
     
  9. SonsOfMoog

    SonsOfMoog Tele-Meister

    Age:
    34
    Posts:
    299
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2017
    Location:
    US
    Teles without a pickguard look indecent to my eyes. They need a fig leaf to cover their shame.

    The exception would be paisley teles with clear pickguards.
     
  10. Jackadder

    Jackadder Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    598
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2014
    Location:
    Western Australia
    Avert your eyes, SOM!

    gits.jpg
     
  11. heffus

    heffus Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    823
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2014
    Location:
    cHICAGO
    I was gonna add a pickguard but why cover up any of that beautiful ash.
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Nov 19, 2017
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.